When asked what my favorite sports memory it takes me no time to think of what that is. In fact if you ask most people from Boston they will tell you the same thing. My favorite sports memory was in 2004 when the Boston Red Sox won the 100th World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. No one who has ever lived in Boston will forget that day or even that whole season.
The game itself was not particularly exciting to be honest. The entire series was fairly unexciting when compared to everything that went before it. The Red Sox barely made the playoffs as a wild card team.
While the Sox barley made the playoffs they started off well. The Sox were able to not only beat but to sweep the Anaheim Angels.
The pennant though was probably the most exciting part of the playoffs as the Sox faces our long time rival the New Your Yankees. The Yankees has beaten us for the first 3 games in the American League Championship. By the ninth inning of the fourth game the Sox were trailing and it looked like the season would end. The Sox were able to tie up the game. The game had to go into extra innings. It was the twelfth inning that the Sox would win their first game of the series to keep them alive.
That miraculous fourth game kept the Sox in it but Yankees fans were sure they would finish us off. Game 5 was another nail bitter. Game 5 would go down in history as being the longest post season game in baseball history. Somehow the Sox were still alive. Game 6 was another game of legend. Schilling played hurt and his sock was drenched in blood by the end of the night but he only allowed one run. After refs called Rodriguez was called out on a controversial play the game had to be delayed as fans throw stuff onto the field. Finally the came continued and the Sox made history again by being the first team to come back from a 3 game lose to force a game 7.
Ultimately game 7 was uneventful besides the fact that it let the Sox go to the World Series.
The World Series was probably actually the most anti-climatic in history after the amazing pennant race. The Sox were able to take the first 3 games. The fourth game we knew that they could win it. Everyone in Boston knew they were going to win. While the fourth game was about as uneventful as the first three it was at the very end when they won that I will never forget. I was jumping up and down with some other friends in my dorm. I have never been so excited for a team to win. After almost 100 years we were able to break the Curse of the Bambino. In Boston winning the World Series was like the final sign of the apocalypse with entire generations dying before they could see it happen. This was an event so big it even got its own major motion picture which was delayed to film additional footage of our win. In that last moment decades of heartache melted in to joy and elation.
While the last game itself may not have been as exciting as the ride the destination was truly great for any Red Sox fan.